When They Were Buckeyes I: Derf

Known today for his ongoing editorial comics series The City and for his award-winning memoir, My Friend Dahmer, 30 years ago Derf Backderf was an editorial cartoonist for The Lantern. Derf even courted the most dangerous kind of controversy in Columbus by taking on OSU’s legendary and deeply troubled  former quarterback, Art Schlichter, in an April 11, 1983 cartoon:

Already an inveterate gambler during his college years, Schlichter—who failed to earn the starting spot on the Colts in his rookie pro season—got deeper and deeper into debt, and to some bad people. Never one to bow before sacred cows, Derf called ’em like they were and bravely took the heat from the football faithful back home.

Here are some other examples of Derf’s editorial work for the Lantern:



One thought on “When They Were Buckeyes I: Derf

  1. I remember the Art Schlichter toon. And it’s true, OSU grows cartoonists like Iowa grows corn. Scot Zellman, Nick Anderson, Jeff Smith, just to name a few. Amazing talent

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